Free, Confidential Call Line      Dedicated to Individuals and Families Facing Opiate addiction       Professional Staff and Peer Specialists      TTY and Multilingual Services Available      Non-judgmental      Support and Follow-up      We extend our thanks to community partners including: Adapt; Alpha Healing Center; Autism Family Services; Camden Treatment Associates; Carrier Clinic; Essex County;Essex County; Behavioral Crossroads, LLC; Bergen Regional Medial Center; Caregivers of NJ; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton; Catholic Charities, Diocese of Methuchen; Catholic Charities in Cranford; Center for Addiction, Recovery Education and Support; Center for Network Therapy; Center for Prevention; Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey; Community in Crisis; Consumer Friends Incorporated; East Mountain Hospital; Epilepsy Foundation of NJ; Family Based Services; Family Resource Network; Family Support Organization of Burlington County; Family Support Center; F.A.R. Recovery Service; First Step Counseling; Esperanza Self Help Center; Freedom Trail CWC; Gateway Center for Counseling and Recovery; Helping Hand Behavioral Health; Hope House; Lakeland Hills YMCA; ICE Self Help Center; Inner-Peace Counseling; Journey to Wellness Self Help Center; Inter-County Council on Drug & Alcohol Abuse; JSAS HealthCare; Lakeland Hills YMCA; Maryville Inc.; Mental Health Association in Essex County, Inc.; Mental Health Association in Southwestern New Jersey; Monarch Housing; National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence-NJ (NCADD-NJ); Mental Health Association in NJ in Atlantic County; Mental Health Association in NJ in Hudson County; Mental Health Association in Southwestern NJ; Mental Health Association in NJ in Union County; Mt. Carmel Guild; New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT); New Jersey Prevention Network; New Pathway Counseling; Options Counseling Center; Prevention Links; Resources for Human Development (RHD) including Corporate, Coastal Wellness; NAMI New Jersey; Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey; Prevention Links; Raymond Lesniak ESH Recovery High School; Richard Hall CMHS of Somerset County; Rockaway Township Substance Abuse Alliance; Serenity Now; Somerset Treatment Services; Stress Care of NJ; Small & Associates, Enable Division; Summit Area YMCA; SALT Passaic; Summit Oaks Hospital; and Tri-County Supportive Housing; YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy     

About NJ Connect for Recovery

Opiate addiction has been recognized as an epidemic in New Jersey. In 2013 alone, there were 557 deaths* due to overdose as well as more than 33,000 Substance Abuse Treatment Admissions** attributed primarily to heroin and other opiates.

If you believe that you have a problem with addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers please call us. 

The NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line is a free, confidential service. It is a safe, nonjudgmental place where you can get support and assistance from professional staff members regarding substance use issues. (The Call Line also offers a peer warmline service for family members or friends who are concerned with the substance use of a loved one.)

Asking for assistance is important and hard. Our staff provides support that can help you.

Our Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADCs) are specially trained to help you examine personal situations and explore the issues involved. This includes offering guidance and honest discussion to callers who may not be sure that they have a problem. They have the knowledge and expertise to help you create and develop personal relapse prevention plans, as well as identifying triggers to use and dealing with cravings.  They can also provide you with real time information on how to gain treatment for opioid addiction.

The support does not stop at the end of the first call. Staff will offer you a follow-up call to check-in and provide ongoing support.

About NJ Connect for Recovery

Calls are answered live weekdays 10 8 p.m., weekends 5 10 p.m. Multilingual and TTY services are available.

About our Family Support Groups

The entire family is affected when addiction is present. People coping with substance use disorders need intervention and services. Loved ones who care for them may be scared or confused and often don’t know where to go for support and guidance. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s (MHANJ’s) NJ Connect for Recovery Call Line is offering free Support and Education Groups that can help. Each group is facilitated by a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor or a Family Peer Specialist who is familiar with the effects of addiction on the family as well as the New Jersey system of care. These sessions provide a safe, non-judgmental environment offering proven, helpful strategies, about addressing addiction and recovery. Participants may also benefit from guidance and group support.

These community support and education opportunities are being funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of New Jersey.

Sessions are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the MHANJ in Union County, 2333 Morris Ave., Building C, Suites 206 & 208, Union, NJ. R.S.V.P. is requested. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please contact Pam Taylor at or 855-652-3737. See below for dates and topics.

Topics for Upcoming Sessions

In March the main focus of our groups is the disease aspect of addiction.

Tuesday March 7, 2017 — Is Addiction a Disease?  
Join us as we learn about the disease model of addiction. We will view a portion of the film, Pleasure Unwoven, which explains the effect of substances on the brain. Afterward, our Family Peer Specialists will lead the group in discussion.
Thursday March 9, 2017 — Understanding the Jellinek Curve  
This model explains the progression of the disease. It helps us to understand the loss of control that occurs when a person is actively using substances and the stages of recovery.
Tuesday March 14, 2017 — Five Characteristics of Addictive Behavior
The behavior of someone with a substance use disorder can be baffling and frustrating. Learn to recognize some of these behaviors and learn why they occur.
Thursday March 16, 2017 — Genetic Predisposition in Addiction   
Why do some become addicted to substances while others are not affected? Join us for a discussion on predisposition – is it anecdotal or evidence based?
Tuesday March 21, 2017 — Addicted Family Roles
When a family member has a substance use disorder, the entire family is affected.  Learn about the various roles that family members often adopt in their attempts to cope.
Thursday March 23, 2017 — Q&A Group: Has someone’s substance use impacted your life?  
Are there questions that you need answered?  Our Family Peer Specialists have the lived experience to answer your questions and provide support for you.
Thursday March 30, 2017 — Listen to me, I am an Addict/Alcoholic  
Our facilitator will read a letter from a substance abuser. A group discussion will follow.




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